The house, a cottage in the middle of Victorian mansion blocks, was a 1980's building with interiors to match. But the house was a little bit of magic tucked behind High Street Kensington, an oasis of quiet in such a busy part of town. This one-off space was perfectly matched to Sophie's unique clients. "The couple are amazing, she is a fine jewellery designer, very rock'n'roll but with a feminine edge, and he was a fighter pilot who now works out in Abu Dhabi, just very cool." With a powerful sense of style herself, the client knew what she wanted and had a distinctive brief for Sophie, "Sharon Osbourne meets Patsy from Ab Fab."
The initial phase entailed ripping out all of the 80s remnants, to create a blank canvas to work with, during which time Sophie did her research into the icons of the brief. "Having grown up on Ab Fab, I understood the restrained chic, yet eccentricity of Patsy. What I needed to learn was how to pair that with Sharon Osbourne's style. I found my reference point for her drifted from the interiors seen on MTV's The Osbournes, to her fashion sense. The materials she wore, leathers, skulls and velvets, were really what my client loved, I think."